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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 20 4 Page 9 Former Grafton-Pa00 River hod00 standout 00urns home to play third-ranked North Dakota By Chris Larson for The Press GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Chad Demers, the son of Guy and Susie Demers of Oakwood, returned to his stomping grounds this past weekend as a member of the Air Force Acad- emy's men's hockey team, who took on the University of North Dakota in a one-game series Sat- urday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. Ralph Engelstad Arena is famil- iar to Demers, who played three years of high school hockey with the Grafton-Park River Spoilers, before foregoing his senior season to play under former University of North Dakota head coach Dean Blais in Fargo, with the United States Hock- ey League's Fargo Force. The Ralph holds many memories for hockey fans, and for Demers, it holds an even better memory from his high school hockey years. In 2008, with his team trailing 2- 1 with just under eight minutes left in the third period, Demers found teammate Tanner Anderson for the game-tying goal against rival Grand Forks Red River in front of 4,000 fans. That goal will stand in infamy forever, as it is now known as the "sixth man goal", in which the Spoilers had an extra player during a line change shuffle, at the time of the goal. Referees discussed the play and it stood, tying the game 2-2 and sending it destined for overtime. Three overtimes later; Demers picked up a pass from linemate Ryan Mohagen and found the back of the net for the game winner, af- ter just under three hours of play in the state championship. Fast forward six years, and the Air Force Academy senior was back at home for the final time in his college career. "It was a really awesome expe- rience, a fun game to play in," De- mers said. "But not the ending we wanted." ; He said the atmosphere prior to lhe game, when'his nameas an- nounced, was surreal. "It was probably the most chills I've had prior to a game," he said. "And the welcoming during the starting lineup was a pretty special Above: Former Grafton-Park Riv- er hockey player and current Air Force Academy hockey assistant captain Chad Demers, left, and and UND captain Stephane Pattyn, right, took the ceremonial opening faceoff before Saturday's UND- Air Force game at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Right: From left, Demers, and teammates Scott Holm, Phil Boje, and Cole Gunner celebate Air Force Academy's second goal during UND's 3-2 win over the Falcons Saturday at Ralph Engel- stad Arena. The Falcons' found their way past Zane Mclntyre twice, before UND went on a 3-0 run. moment. You could tell there were a lot ofpeople cheering for Air Force out there." Demers said the opportunity to play the University of North Photos: Courtesy of Peter Bottini, UND Athletics. Dakota was a good challenge, as it turned out to be, in a 3-2 overtime UND win in front of a sellout crowd of 11,895 in attendance at The Ralph. Several of those fans gathered were Air Force fans, in- cluding several of Demers' relatives, classmates and close friends. "Playing them like we did gives us a lot of confidence," he said. Demers and former USHL op- ponent Cole Gunner, who played for the USHL's Tri-City Storm, teamed up to give Air Force a 2-0 lead on Scott Holm's third goal of the sea- son at the 3:10 mark of the second period. That was Demers' only point of Saturday night's contest. He regis- tered two shots on the game, Air Force head coach Frank Ser- ratore holds a lot of praise for De- mers. "We are very fortunate to have him in our program," he said. "He is a future second lieutenant, and a man of character and honor." Serratore said that Demers "puts his best foot forward in everything he does, both academically and athletically," he said. "This region should be very proud of him." Demers is a well-skilled hockey player, according to Serratore. "He has got a very high hockey IQ," he said. "His hockey sense is offthe chart. As an athlete, he is not the fastest player or the strongest guy, but he reads plays and has a sixth sense of where the puck is go- ing to be." Demers is known to have won races against faster athletes, because he anticipates the play. "He will be two steps towards the puck before other guys even react," Serratore said. In Saturday's game, Demers reg- istered four shots on goal, accord- ing to shot charts, while four also missed the net. Of the eight shots, three were on the powerplay. Demers was also the Falcons' faceoff leader, going 12-13 at the ........ faceoff dots: 'His twelx, e'faceoff Wins were the game:high for both teams. Only North Dakota's Connor Gaarder and Luke Johnson were in double-digits for faceoffwins in the contest. "00bur ad goes here. Call 284-6333 today for rates. 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